: : : Play It to the Bone

Story

Best friends Vince (Woody Harrelson) and Cesar (Antonio Banderas) are both down-on-their-luck boxers who've suddenly been given a highly visible fight and a promised shot at the middleweight title--only they're fighting each other. With Grace (Lolita Davidovich), Cesar's current girlfriend and Vince's ex, they drive to Las Vegas. Unsurprisingly, the trip opens up hidden resentments, regrets, and mistakes from the past. What's more surprising is how meandering and shapeless Play It to the Bone is; writer-director Ron Shelton is responsible for such charming and sprightly sports films as Bull Durham, White Men Can't Jump, and Tin Cup, but boxing doesn't seem to have inspired him. The actual boxing match does achieve a kind of brutal energy, though it's curiously filled with gratuitous hallucinations of female nudity. Still, Harrelson and Banderas have a nice rapport, and in their best moments they just yammer at each other, not exactly listening but still communing in a kind of rhythmic groove. Also featuring Lucy Liu from TV's Ally McBeal and dozens of famous cameos at ringside during the bout. --Bret Fetzer

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Antonio BanderasCesar Dominguez
Woody HarrelsonVince Boudreau
Lolita DavidovichGrace Pasic
Tom SizemoreJoe Domino
Lucy LiuLia
Robert WagnerHank Goody
Richard MasurArtie
Willie GarsonCappie Caplan
Cylk CozartRudy
Jack CarterDante Solomon
Aida TurturroMad Greek Waitress
Mike TysonMike Tyson
Rod StewartHimself
Kevin CostnerRingside Fan
Wesley SnipesRingside Fan
James WoodsRingside Fan
Drew CareyRingside Fan
Jennifer TillyRingside Fan
Tony CurtisRingside Fan

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Ron Shelton
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 125 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 21, 2000
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 3, 2003
    EuropeJun 13, 2000
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